Imagine being labeled weak, emotional, incompetent, dependent, bitchy, bossy, slutty. Just thinking about this is frustrating, agonizing, and complete torture. This is what every woman has to hear almost every day. Many men would lash out and ultimately lose their minds if they endured even half of what women go through to make it past the day.
It is, indeed, a sad reality.
Associating women with such labels is not something new. It is not an outcome of ‘modernization’ but a centuries-old practice. Regardless of race, religion, cast, or color, women have to live with such labels and are helpless against the world that always looks down on them. Treated merely as ‘objects of trade,’ women have always struggled to acquire a stable and equal ground as their male counterparts. Even though things are way better than they were a decade ago, they are still not enough.
Women do not deserve better; they deserve equality.
They have their perspective, views, and ideas and must be respected for them.
Thankfully, there are a few women across the world who are striving to change the ‘worn-out’ mindsets of people. Some, such as Maggie Lindeman, speak up through their songs.
“I’m more than just a picture
I’m a daughter and a sister
Sometimes it’s hard for me to show
That I’m more than just a rumor
Or a song on your computer
There’s more to me than people know.”
Then there are powerful women like Mandy Lemond who build themselves from nothing and set an example for the world. Living a life, convincing everyone that ‘women are fierce and can achieve anything they set their minds to.’ Women are powerful beings; they are strong, resilient, gentle, and determined. Anyone who does not accept this will begin believing once they hear the story of Mandy Lemond, Emmy award-winning producer and host of Foster-ed, the Podcast. Most people know her as a life coach and motivational speaker who lives by a mantra, ‘Turn Your Mess into a Message.’
Unfortunately, not many know the hardships, adversities, challenges, the number of sleepless nights, negative thoughts, and uncertainty that Mandy went through to reach this mantra. Her life is a story of immense grief but is filled with inspiration and invaluable life lessons for women across the globe.
Growing up in a house where a mother sells her ‘body’ to make ends meet, and a father beats his daughters, deprives them of food, and keeps them in the worst condition, Mandy has gone through the extremities in her childhood. Watching her mother get stabbed, or more like ‘gutted like a pig,’ by her father and then being raped by him pushed the eight-year-old Mandy into a trauma. Who would have survived that?